Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder statistics for 2015 (Health & Safety Executive) reveal that in 2014/15, a total of 2,957,000 working days were lost due to work-related back disorders. The most common causes of work-induced back pain were determined to be:
- Lifting or carrying loads
- Manipulation of materials
- Working on keyboards
- Light lifting
These figures make the importance to help your back at work eminently clear.
How to help your back at work
There are a few things you can do to help your back at work, including ensuring that:
- Your chair, if working on a computer, for instance, is ergonomically designed and correctly adjusted to suit your height
- Your workstation or desk and equipment layout are arranged in a manner that allows you to maintain the correct position to prevent back pain at work
- You take regular rest breaks, especially if working in awkward positions cannot be avoided, which may be the case in some occupations
- You are aware of and implement correct manual handling procedures
More detailed information on correct seating positions and manual handling can be found at NHS Choices.
Your employer’s responsibility
Your employer also has a responsibility to help your back at work. Required by law to protect you against accidents at work, as well as occupational illness, your employer must make sure you have:
- The correct equipment for the job you are asked to do, including an ergonomically designed chair and desk
- Training in how to do your job and use equipment safely and without risk of being injured at work
- Training in safe, correct manual handling procedures
- The opportunity to take regular breaks
If you are not provided with these necessities and you are subsequently hurt in a work accident, or you develop a work-related back disorder, or any other repetitive strain injuries, you could hold your employer liable for your pain and suffering and claim for work injury compensation.
How to claim
You can check your claim eligibility by visiting our website and completing our 30-second test. Alternatively, you can speak with one of our friendly, experienced advisors directly, and get your claim started by contacting us via our freephone helpline.
If you call from your home phone, the number you should call is 0800 689 0500. Calls from your mobile should be made to 0333 500 0993. Both lines are open 24/7, your details will be treated with strict confidentiality and our advisors will not put you under any obligation to go ahead with a claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice